CHARACTER COUNTS

Cardinals’ J.J. Watt honoring Pat Tillman with special edition shoes

May 25, 2021, 9:50 AM | Updated: 11:24 am

When J.J. Watt had his introductory press conference as an Arizona Cardinal in March, the defensive end mentioned he had been working with Marie Tillman, widow of Pat Tillman, on a project over the last six months.

On Tuesday, the Valley got a clearer picture of what he meant.

In an early Tuesday morning tweet, The Action Network’s Darren Rovell revealed Watt’s plan of honoring the late Pat Tillman with special edition JJ IV Valor shoes that Reebok is releasing Thursday.

Tillman spent four seasons with the Cardinals (1998-2001) after playing three years at Arizona State (1995-97).

The colorway features a light red and white and reads “PT40” near the laces.

Rovell added Reebok will donate $10 for each shoe to the Pat Tillman Foundation, while Watt is donating all of his royalties from the new kicks.

The Pat Tillman Foundation was created in 2004 following Tillman’s death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.

“Pat’s family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military service members, veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve,” the foundation said on its website.

The Tillman edition of Watt’s shoe marks the second colorway released by the defensive end since his arrival to the Valley.

In March, Watt released a shoe he had been working on for eight months that featured a red and black colorway, coincidentally matching his new team.

Character Counts

The students at Sky Harbor Airport tuesday morning before their flight to Washington D.C. (Courtesy...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Cardinals send 275 high school students to Washington D.C. on educational trip

The Arizona Cardinals took 275 high school students from across Arizona to the nation’s capital for the third annual Civics Matters Arizona program.

5 days ago

Lou Gehrig Day...

Arizona Sports

MLB, Diamondbacks celebrate Lou Gehrig Day, raising funds for ALS research

Major League Baseball celebrated Lou Gehrig Day on Sunday, the anniversary of the Iron Horse's death due to ALS.

15 days ago

Arizona State running back DeCarlos Brooks announced on his X account he is hosting his second annu...

Character Counts

Arizona State’s DeCarlos Brooks set to host 2nd Cutback Giveback Haircut Event

Arizona State running back DeCarlos Brooks announced on his X account he is hosting his second annual Cutback Giveback Haircut Event.

21 days ago

TPC Scottsdale ahead of hosting the WM Phoenix Open...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Thunderbirds raise record $17.5 million in 2024 WM Phoenix Open

The significance of the money raised. The Thunderbirds set a new mark for the amount of money raised on the 2024 WM Phoenix Open.

21 days ago

Paul Sewald...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Paul Sewald bringing Strikeouts 4 Kids charity initiative to Arizona

For every strikeout this season, Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald and his wife will donate to Child Crisis Arizona. 

24 days ago

Cardinals leadership and mental health awareness discussion...

Tyler Drake

Leading the right way: Cardinals, Jonathan Gannon host high school coaches for panel on uplifting athletes

A handful of Arizona Cardinals made time out of their day to discuss the value of the leadership with local high school coaches on Tuesday.

25 days ago

Cardinals’ J.J. Watt honoring Pat Tillman with special edition shoes